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. the announcement officially today from the pentagon, women will soon be able to serve in direct combat units. while it's been happening slowly in the field on its own for years during our dual wars of this last decade, and while it will open a huge number of jobs and career pathways for the women who volunteer to serve this country in uniform, it is a huge change in military tradition. a change in the tanks and in the trenches. a change announced at the highest levels today. it's where we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening. >> reporter: president obama praised the pentagon's decision to open combat roles to women. and of the 152 u.s. service women who died in iraq and afghanistan, he called them patriots, whose sacrifices show that valor knows no gender. with the stroke of a pen, defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey today lifted the 20-year ban against women in combat. panetta said the new policy is finally catching up with the brutal reality on the ground in iraq and afghanistan. >> female service members ha
.s. military have been waiting for for many years. our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski on duty from there tonight. jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tomorrow, defense secretary leon panetta will announce that he's lifting the ban that prevents female soldiers and marines from serving in direct combat ground combat roles. according to one senior defense official, this clears the way now for women to become combat infantry. for the past ten years, u.s. military women have served at the front lines in both iraq and afghanistan. but never allowed in direct ground combat roles. lifting the 20-year ban against women in combat will ultimately put them directly into the heat of battle. it opens some 237,000 combat-related positions to women. initially, women will be assigned to combat support roles, communications, logistics and as drivers. gradually, they'll work their way closer to battle as medics, corpsmen and manning artillery before they become combat infantry troops. despite the combat ban, women have paid the ultimate price of war. 152 u.s. military women have bee
the weekend. >>> straight ahead on this monday morning four, relief for migraine sufferers plus thing pentagon raising its cyber security efforts. the 49ers arrive in new orleans could super bowl monday become a national holiday. you wouldn't mind that. "early today" returns in two minutes. >>> welcome back. here are stories making news this morning. the senate is expected to approve more than $50 billion in aid for victims of hurricane sandy which hit the northeast over three months ago. >>> the pentagon is about to expand its cyber-security force five-fold to meet increasing threats against the nation's computer networks. the expansion would add 4,000 people to a unit that only has 900 employees now. >>> back in 199 the colorado grand jurying worked into the death of. jon benet ramsey looked into the parents on child abuse. >>> grab thinks football has to change because of dangerous hits. he thinks it would be better for players. >> casey anthony has filed for bankruptcy on debts of almost $800,000. she faces three civil lawsuits. most of the money is owed to her defense attorney. >> and sea
today at the pentagon when two men sat down press corps and announced a policy change that will change while this has been happening by itself and over the course of the last decade in our two wars, this officially opens up a ton of jobs and new pathways to leadership for women. about those two men, one of those was the outgoing defense secretary leon panetta. the other was a decorated veteran, bronze star recipient, four-star army general, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. he is general martin dempsey, and days before the big announcement at the pentagon, ted koppel sat down with him for our broadcast tonight. >> we all wear the same uniform and we all fire the same weapons. most importantly, we all take the same oath. >> reporter: and with that the chairman of the joint chiefs and the outgoing secretary of defense signed an order rescinding a 1994 rule that bars women from direct ground combat. tonight we're going to tell you a little about this low-key, low-profile four-star general. today he made history. but when the occasion calls for it, he's not above poking a little fun a
tomorrow from the pentagon that will change the u.s. military from the barracks to the battlefield. >>> it's so cold in some places, you can do this to a cup of ter, and this to a building in chicago. it's affecting much of the country tonight, and there's a big winter storm on the move. >>> and the photo that's been shared around the world and the touching story of devotion we discovered behind the picture. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. over one long epic day with a camera aimed at her at all times, she sat for hours before not one, but two congressional committees answering questions, some of them heated, about what happened and why in benghazi, libya on september 11th of last year that resulted in the death
the credit. in a surprise move the pentagon enlisted a ban dating back 20 years. kris sanchez joins us with reaction. a lot of women are saying it's with about time. >> reporter: that's right. four women along with the american civil liberties union, the aclu, sued the government over this ban. when the announcement came today they were shocked to hear the news. it is a policy change that could be life changing. >> pictures of me parachuting. >> reporter: in the eight years susan served in the u.s. air force, all but one of her dreams came true. that dream was a combat job from which women were banned. >> there are women who are extremely strong and have the ability and the skills they need to do well in this job. and to hold them back because of a stereotype is wrong. >> reporter: she now runs academy women, a support site dedicated to military women with 10,000 members. she says the ban often comes up. four women along with the national aclu and the northern california aclu chapters sued the government to overturn the ban. the announcement was a shock. >> the combat exclusion policy,
of wrongdoing by the pentagon. this, as jill kelly, the woman who triggered the investigation in the first place, speaks out for the first time. nbc's kerry sanders is outside kelly's home in tampa, florida, this morning. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. it's been three months since news broke of the secret love affair between general david petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. it all came to light after jill kelly, who lives in the house over there, contacted the fbi about what she called threatening e-mails. throughout all of this, jill kelly has remained silent, until now. socialite jill kelly was thrown into the media spotlight last october as the story of general david petraeus and his affair with biographer paula broadwell unfolded. kelly was described in the media as the other, other woman. now she's telling her side of the story in an interview with a reporter for the daily beast, describing the ordeal as a living nightmare. >> jill kelly seemed to me to be someone who didn't quite know what hit her. she doesn't think she did anything wrong. her life has
. the pentagon expected to announce today it is lifting its long standing ban on women serving in combat, a ground breaking decision that's being both praised and criticized in and out of the military. >>> rigorous defense. >> what difference at this point does it make? >> a fired up hillary clinton takes on her critics during the testimony about the terror attacks in benghazi. she's heading back to the hill today as the man slated to replace her begins his confirmation hearing. >>> frozen solid. the arctic blast does not let up, millions of americans bracing for another day of bone chilling temperature cast. thursday, january 24th, 2013. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer. let's get right to this story in washington, the decision to allow women in combat roles, a watershed moment being praised by a lot of people and others starting to wonder how it might impact the capability of other forces. >> we all know women have been putting their lives in dangerous war zones for many years. what does this change really mean
to the pentagon, kerry to the state department and is lew as chief of staff. andrea mitchell, back outside. >> as people are leaving here, those nominations are pretty much expected to go through. of course, chuck hagel has been the most controversial. but this is really a cabinet and our friends doris kearns goodwin, of course, really has written so eloquently about the team of rivals approach of the first obama cabinet and the parallels, of course, to abraham lincoln. we think so much about lincoln today. we think about martin luther king jr. today and the all of the echos of equal rights that came through in the speech. but this is going to be a cabinet not of rivals, but of friends and colleagues, of very close colleagues and we see what we are expecting next, of course, janice mcdonough to be chief of staff. i think the president has a comfort level with these people and the question will be whether he listens to outside voices. he says he has huge challenges, but i thought that the tone of this speech was, aside from the policy prescriptions, much more eloquent than i had expected, f
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